The hygiene hypothesis of allergies "argues that  JUN 20 2006

The hygiene hypothesis of allergies "argues that exposure to more natural environments such as farms early in life helps train the body to respond appropriately to harmless microbes and pollen". Could also be called the "let your kids eat dirt hypothesis". Somewhat related story: my dad had allergies when he was a kid but then got stung by a bunch of bees one day and boom, no more allergies.

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